If you love Me, keep My commandments.John 14:15
God is there seven days a week, are you? We know that ”In the beginning…” God created everything around us, plants, rocks, animals, etc, in six days and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 1:1-2:2) God sanctified the seventh day and made it Holy. We call that seventh day the Sabbath. As a Seventh-day Adventist, I celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday, but many other Christians celebrate on Sunday. In our beliefs, Sunday celebration of the Sabbath is incorrect, but I’ll put that aside for the purpose of this discussion, that’s why this post is called Weekend Christians.
So as a Christian, we assume that we attend Church on Saturday or Sunday. And we also assume that in this church we read from the Bible, or at the very least, the minister, pastor or priest reads from the Bible. And in doing so we learn certain Bible truths like ”Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
This is commonly referred to as the golden rule. Which we were all taught to follow in school. There is also Matthew 22:39b ”Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Both of these verses are valuable in how we treat others. But we all know this already, and as we gather for our Saturday or Sunday church gatherings we follow these rules and treat our fellow churchgoers in the correct manner.
But, what happens on Monday or Tuesday, or the other days of the week? Do we continue to follow those rules on those days? Or are we just weekend Christians? If it is the latter then there is a problem. And sadly I see many ”Christians” who are doing just that!
As you know I’ve spent time in jail, and when I meet people who were friends or associates from my past, many of them turn away or avoid me as much as possible. It’s almost as if I have leprosy or some other deadly illness. I’m not proud of my past, but I know I’ve changed and I’ve also been quite vocal and forthcoming about my transformation. So nobody has a reason to believe that I’m still the person I was.
In the Bible, as Christians, we are taught that we must forgive others if we expect forgiveness, Colossians 3:13b ”if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” We all want forgiveness from Christ and therefore the only way to achieve that is to be prepared to forgive others.
Weekend Christians do what they think is right when they attend church, pray and sing hymns. But then they go home and forget about God until next weekend when the hypocrisy happens again. Oh, and it’s not just the loving and forgiving that isn’t happening, there’s also the people who walk out of the church and immediately light a cigarette, or swear, or break any number of the ten commandments! These are barely even weekend Christians! But I’ll leave that for another day.